BACK TO BACK KITCHENS
MARCH 30TH 2016

As kitchens have increasingly become both the functional and social hub of modern living, we have all had to learn to multi-task in even the most carefully zoned areas. But where there is space to create the ultimate, the new must-have is a ‘back kitchen’.

A back kitchen is definitively not a utility room… rather, it’s a modern take on the scullery traditionally found in large period houses. Today, it’s a purpose-designed space where busy cooks can delegate prepping tasks, store less frequently used china and glass, keep wine ready for parties and house back-up appliances such as an extra dishwasher and freezer. Ideal for people who entertain regularly, it keeps the main kitchen area uncluttered - even in the midst of a great party.


Martin Moore are increasingly being asked to incorporate back kitchens into their bespoke designs. The back kitchen shown here is painted in Farrow & Ball ‘Downpipe’. The worktop and upstands in ‘Organic White’ Caesarstone. 
THE PLANE CARVING BOARD
MARCH 23RD 2016

The Plane Carving Board is handmade from sustainable English Ash. As practical as it is beautiful, it features routed juice channels and brass spikes to hold the meat in place. A separate small serving board shields the spikes when the board is not in use. The Plane is made in Temper’s Wiltshire workshops and finished with natural oils and waxes. Its geometric faceted surfaces bring contemporary minimalism to traditional Sunday roasts.

COPPER - THE BIGGEST TREND IN BATHROOMS
MARCH 22ND 2016

Copper is today’s biggest trend in bathroom brassware, setting a benchmark where classic warmth meets contemporary design.  

All Watermark Collection products are handmade in Brooklyn, New York, where each piece is precision- machined from solid brass and assembled to order. Every element is then hand finished in a choice of 15 different specialist finishes including 
Polished Copper and Vintage Copper, perfect for bringing this new accent to bathroom styling.  
NEW NAME, NEW WEBSITE
MARCH 17TH 2016

 
One of Britain’s leading architectural historians, Edward Bulmer is the ultimate colour expert and a passionate eco-crusader.  His inspiring all-natural paints are made from raw materials such as linseed oil and casein with pure earth and mineral pigments. Kind to people, kind to buildings and kind to the environment, they offer a new view of colour, perfectly tuned for modern living. 

Founded as ‘Pots of Paint’, the business has now been renamed ‘Edward Bulmer Natural Paint’ with a new website at 
edwardbulmerpaint.co.uk

The new website is Edward’s brilliantly user-friendly guide to understanding and using natural colour with confidence. Full of ideas, tonal palettes, real-life projects and practical and technical advice, it also offers free Colour Consultancy, giving customers personalised colour schemes direct from Edward and his team. 

With free advice from a design luminary, a fabulous palette of 
72 colours and a wide range of finishes for indoors and out, natural colour has never been so easy to love. 
BATHROOM TREND: ROSE GOLD
MARCH 15TH 2016

Warm metals are the biggest story in bathroom taps and accessories. Brass is back big time, but there is also a new, more contemporary warm finish to consider: Rose Gold.

An alloy of 24 carat gold and copper, Rose Gold has a pinky-gold lustre which looks just right with other on-trend naturals such as Travertine and timber. Luxurious but never flashy, it hits a perfect focus note in today’s bathrooms.
LAPICIDA LAUNCHES PORCELAIN COLLECTION
MARCH 14TH 2016

 
London Design Week 13-18th March 2016: Luxury stone specialist Lapicida launched their Porcelain collection today in the London flagship showroom. Expertly curated, this new floor and wall collection is specifically designed to work alongside premium marble and stone.
 
Lapicida’s Director Jason Cherrington spent two years researching the right quality of porcelain to complement natural stone, saying “The two collections sit so well together and can often be used in the same projects. Some areas have specific requirements which stone can’t fulfil as easily as porcelain, particularly where there are weight or thickness issues.”


 
Lapicida’s collection comes in a wide range of sizes and a variety of authentic finishes including timber, concrete, marble and stone. Almost indiscernible from the original materials, porcelain can offer high performance alternatives. In kitchens and bathrooms for instance, where natural wood floors can suffer from exposure to water spills and a damp atmosphere, Porcelain Wood is completely stable; offering the look of timber, but not the problems. Porcelain tiles can also be ideal for contemporary indoor/outdoor spaces where a single flooring can run through the house and out onto a terrace. Frost and slip-resistant, porcelain can offer a simple, cost-effective way to get the look.
A FRESH TAKE
MARCH 11TH 2016

 
Blue and white has enduring appeal in interiors and this gorgeous Coralie basin from the London Basin Company gives this classic combination a fresh, contemporary focus.

The hand decorated porcelain basins from the London Basin Company make perfect accent pieces for bathrooms and cloakrooms. Interior designer Anna Callis, founder of the company, draws inspiration from her travels, creating her own modern interpretations of traditional Oriental and Middle Eastern patterns.  The Coralie basin shown here is richly decorated inside and out and has a distinctive crackle glaze finish.
NEW COLLECTION… SMALL RUGS
MARCH 10TH 2016

 
Felt’s latest shipment includes small rugs with a multitude of uses. Their compact dimensions make them immensely versatile, perfect for bringing a splash of colour and interest to hallways, passages or quiet corners. They also make stylish bedside warmers, especially as Felt’s Shyrdaks often come in contrasting pairs. They don’t even have to be on the floor… small rugs can look great as wall hangings too.
NEW: THE BUTE BATH
MARCH 9TH 2016

 
Drummonds’ new freestanding Bute bath captures the pomp and circumstance of the most splendid Edwardian interiors.

The focus is as much on form as function. The double-ended cast iron bath takes several weeks to make, using a traditional process starting with raw metal and completed by snow white dry-frit enamelling. It sits within a panelled hardwood surround with curved ends echoing the shape of the bath, a virtuoso piece of cabinetmaking. 

The new Bute bath is available to order in the mahogany finish shown here or handpainted in any RAL colour.
HOUSE & GARDEN READER EVENT AT MARTIN MOORE SHOWROOM
MARCH 4TH 2016

Thirty-two House & Garden readers gathered for an inspiring cookery masterclass hosted by Martin Moore at their Notting Hill showroom and Chef Mark Hix, brand ambassador for Sub-Zero and Wolf.

Mark’s verdant, seasonal menu celebrated exceptional ingredients from British artisan suppliers including beef from Glenarm Estate, Little Wallop cheese and Wye Valley Produce asparagus. Whilst cooking, his commentary was packed with invaluable chef’s tips, such as using gluten free flour to create non-stodgy batter.  





Carrying through the British theme, each dish was beautifully assembled on bone china plates made in Stoke on Trent by William Edwards - creating a feast for all the senses.

Meanwhile, at the back of Martin Moore’s spacious showroom, Mark Hix’s brigade had been working hard cooking the same recipes to provide lunch for a - by then - extremely hungry audience! From the asparagus risotto to the buckthorne posset every mouthful was a culinary journey into springtime. 



The cookery masterclass rounded off with a House & Garden gift bag, which included a stylish Martin Moore cooks apron and recipes for all the delicious dishes demonstrated by Mark Hix.


NEW: THE RIALTO
MARCH 3RD 2016

 
Handmade and hand finished in Italy, The Rialto contrasts two colours of European walnut, natural and dark stained. The elegantly curved head and footboards emphasise feature graining in the specially selected timbers.  

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